SCOTT COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) – A neighborhood in Mississippi is mourning after a deadly joyride.
Police say the driver was only 9 years old. Now, authorities, family and friends are trying to determine what happened.
Two innocent lives taken in an instant when a joyride turned deadly.
“Everybody is hurt by this.” Said neighbor Lexi Payne.
Three-year-old Braydon Traxler and 13-year-old Justin Harrell died after being ejected when the car they were in slammed into a light pole, snapping it in half.
Neighbor Lexi Payne says this is a shocking nightmare.
“Little Braydon, oh my gosh, he’s such a little character. He’s surely going to be missed.”
The wreck happened late Friday night in Scott County’s close-knit Hillsboro Community.
Nine-year-old Ty-Jun Thigpen, known to many as Nemo, took his mother’s car keys, got behind the wheel of the car, and the other three children got in the Mercury with him.
Thigpen saw blue lights and tried to avoid the Mississippi Highway Patrol’s safety check point. Sergeant Andy West says that’s when troopers tried to stop the car.
“One of the officers from Mississippi Highway Patrol attempted to make contact with the vehicle, catch up to the vehicle and stop the vehicle to see what the reason was for eluding the check point. In the course of him catching up to the vehicle the vehicle ran off the road and overturned. Unfortunately two children lost their lives as a result of the accident.” Said Sgt. Andy West of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
The 13-year-old victim’s twin sister, Breckon Harrell was in the car and survived the impact.
She was taken to the hospital, and family says has since been released with minor injuries.
As for the 9-year-old driver, Ty-Jun, he remains in critical condition and is fighting for his life.
“My condolences go out to the family.” Said Payne